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Job Vacancies > Harvey Map Services Ltd - Cartographic Technician

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Background information
Harvey Map Services Ltd makes and publishes maps, principally for walking and cycling. The maps are produced from original data, compiled by photogrammetry and edited to suit the particular purpose. HARVEY also provides data to other publishers, and carries out contract cartographic work.
HARVEY maps have gained a reputation for being clear, easy to read and fit for purpose. They are widely used by UK Mountain Rescue Teams, and have received British and international awards for cartographic design.
HARVEY maps are distributed UK wide and abroad and are available in book and outdoor shops and through the HARVEY webshop.

The company seeks a cartographic technician to join the production team responsible for photogrammetry, editing, field survey, design and layout of published maps.
Hours: 40 hrs per week
Salary: Appropriate to qualifications and experience

Duties and responsibilities
The job will include some or all of the following:
  • GIS
  • Using GIS software, the successful candidate will assist in the implementation and maintenance of the mapping database. This includes digitising, data editing, data capture, database administration and data query
  • Cartography
  • Assembly and editing of digital plot files, Addition and layout of text and other items, Updating using aerial photography, Archiving
  • Field checking and research
  • Field survey on foot or mountain bike recording changes, Researching rights of way
  • Design work
  • Design and layout of contract work for external customers, Design and layout of the Company’s products
  • Photogrammetry
  • Stereo plotting from aerial photography using a digital plotter

Person specification
This post is suited to a person who possesses a number of the following aptitudes, attitudes and motivations
  • A strong interest in maps
  • Physical fitness consistent with long days on the hills
  • A methodical approach and an eye for detail
  • Ability to organise own work and keep to a time schedule
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Proven ability to work in Adobe Illustrator, preferably in a cartographic environment
  • Proven familiarity with, and competent use of, GIS software (MapInfo)
  • Evidence of land navigation skills including observation, contour interpretation, use of compass e.g. as a walker, mountaineer or orienteer
Desirable would be:
  • Familiarity with some or all of the following programs: Avenza MAPublisher, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign
  • Experience of spatial database design
  • Familiarity with Mac and PC environments
  • Familiarity with GPS systems
  • Experience of the publishing industry, preferably map publishing
  • Design skills
  • A full current UK driving licence
Further relevant information
This is a full time post based at the Company's offices in Doune, Perthshire. Field checking work will involve periods away from time to time. These vary in duration from 2 days to about two weeks, most commonly one week at a time.

All applicants must be currently eligible to work in the UK. HARVEY is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Application and interview details
Applications should be in writing, with a c.v. and references and/or contacts for referees, giving details of interests, experience and expertise, current commitments and availability, to Susan Harvey at:
Harvey Map Services Ltd,
12-22 Main Street,
FK16 6BJ,
or by email

Selection of the successful applicant will be by interview and tests at a mutually convenient date and time.
If you wish further information, please telephone Susan Harvey on 01786 841202

Posted: 8th April 2013
Closing Date: 14th May 2013

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